(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Michael Hurczyn won Sunday’s abbreviated TC America TCR/TCA race at Portland International Raceway, part of the 59th Annual Rose Cup Races presented by Fastlife.TV. Bryan Putt won for the second straight day in the TCR Cup division, while Mark Pombo won in TCA.
At the green, pole-sitter Hurczyn in the FCP Euro #71 Golf GTI TCR led the pack to the line and led through the first lap over teammate Nate Vincent in the #72 Golf GTI TCR and Mason Filippi, in the Copeland Motorsports #12 Hyundai Veloster N.
In TCR Cup, pole sitter Putt, driving the #15 eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing Audi Sport RS3 LMS (DSG) grabbed the lead over Stephen Vajda in the #18 EXR Team by Premat Audi Sport RS3 LMS (DSG) and Christian Cole in the #27 McCann Racing Audi Sport RS3 LMS (DSG).
In TCA, pole sitter Nick Wittmer, in the #91 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ tS held the lead over X-Factor Racing’s Chris Haldeman in the #69 Honda Civic Si and MINI JCW Team's Mark Pombo in the #59 MINI Cooper JCW who had moved up from his 5th starting position.
By lap 3 Hurczyn had a 1.2 second lead over Vincent, while Putt held a 2.5 second lead over Vajda. Haldeman would pass Wittmer on the same lap and them Pombo also moved past the #91 machine into second on lap 4.
While the TCR and TCR Cup leaders held their positions through lap 5, Wittmer reclaimed second from Pombo to pursue Haldeman.
Race Control then issued a full-course yellow on lap 7 as Robert Crocker in the TechSport Racing #24 Subaru BRZ tS went off into the tire wall between turns 2 and 3. Crocker was not injured but there was a considerable amount of repair required to the tire wall and a red flag was issued and drivers came into pit lane while crews went to work.
After the repairs were completed, the green flag flew for a five-minute shootout to the checkered. Hurczyn once again led the pack to the green ahead of Vincent, Filippi. In TCR Cup Putt led Vajda and Cole with Cole moving past Vajda for second.
With the leaders in TCR and TCR Cup slotted, the action focused on a heated scrap amongst the top four in TCA. Haldeman led Wittmer, Maxson and Pombo on the restart. Maxson would move past Wittmer into second through turn 10. Then on the white flag lap Maxson and Haldeman would go side by side through turn 7 contacting slightly and slowing Wittmer allowing Pombo to move up alongside Haldeman down the back straight through turns 8, 9. Pombo would carry the momentum through turns 10, 11 and 12 to take the lead and the front straight. At the checkered it was Pombo over Haldeman, Maxson and Wittmer. Hurczyn, Vincent, Filippi completed the overall top 3 in TCR, with Putt, Cole and Vajda the top 3 in TCR Cup.
“Got out front early, it’s really hard to pass here,” said Hurczyn in victory circle. “I was able to stay in front of Nate (Vincent). Nate had a great battle with Mason (Filippi) behind us. We are both going to need new bumpers after the race! After the restart it was hit your marks, keep it clean and bring it home to the finish which is what we did.”
Results are provisional until posted final. Teams now head to Watkins Glen International Raceway August 30 to September 1st. CBS Sports Network coverage for TC America races at Portland airs July 24 starting at 7 pm EDT. Check your local listings for additional broadcast time and channel information.